The Norway flag is one of the many beautiful flags of Europe displayed from commercial and residential flag poles throughout the European territory. This flag is colored red, or better said, the field is colored red. Also, a blue colored cross is displayed on top of the field, of which the vertical portion is shifted towards the hoist side of the national flag. Interesting similarities exists between this and other Scandinavian flags.
Some controversy exists with regards to when the first flown on behalf of this country, or Kingdom, was first flown. Historical evidence tells a little story as far as providing information on such a flag. Kings of different territories would fly flags from flag poles and such during times of battle, especially throughout Europe for means of identification.
After the union Denmark-Norway was attacked in the past by the Kingdom of Great Britain at the so-called “Battle of Copenhagen.” It then accepted and entered into an alliance with Napoleon, during the early years of the 19th century. The kingdom, was forced, under terms of the Treaty of Kiel, to give up Norway to the king of Sweden.
The earliest known Norway flag is the one that is flown today as the so-called “Royal Standard.” A certain Magnusson displayed a flag that displayed a gold colored lion from the late 13th century, used by the country as well as the King of Norway. Interestingly, the country actually used the same flag as Denmark starting in the sixteenth century for some 200 years!
Interestingly, and like other European flags, the Norway flag is subject to certain traditions. Unlike some other countries, other national flags are to be treated with the same respect as the Norwegian flag. Also, and unlike the American or U.S. tradition, the flag is rolled into a cylindrical shape (and subsequently tied up). Manufactures throughout the world manufacture flags of Europe and such from good quality materials.
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